Wednesday, October 10, 2001

9-year-old admits sex act

Gets probation, counseling for incident with girl, 3

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A 9-year-old Monroe boy on Tuesday admitted to a sex act with a 3-year-old girl.

        The boy appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court and entered a “true” plea to a reduced charge of sexual imposition, said Toni Pagano, court spokeswoman. He had originally been charged with attempted rape in the Aug. 2 incident.

        Monroe Police Detective Kimberly Pant said the victim's family, police and prosecutors agreed to the plea, as long as the boy would be ordered to undergo counseling.

        “Both families have had a hard time with this. This way, the 9-year-old is going to be getting the counseling, the help that he apparently needs,” said Detective Pant. “Hopefully, everyone can kind of move on now.”

        Judge David Niehaus placed the boy on probation, ordered him to undergo counseling with his family, and forbade him from further contact with the victim. The boy also is required to be under adult supervision whenever he is with children his age or younger, Ms. Pagano said.

        In another Monroe child-on-child sex case, a 13-year-old boy was found guilty last week for sexually abusing his half-brother, then 4, in August. The boy is being held in the juvenile detention center awaiting sentencing on Oct. 29.


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